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|Title:||Child-Robot Collaborative Problem-solving and the Importance of Childʹs Voluntary Interaction: A Developmental Perspective|
|Authors:||CHARISI VASILIKI; GOMEZ GUTIERREZ EMILIA; MIER GONZALO; MERINO LUIS; GOMEZ RANDY|
|Citation:||FRONTIERS IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND APPLICATIONS vol. 7 p. 15|
|Publisher:||I O S PRESS|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||The emergence and development of cognitive strategies for the transition from exploratory actions towards intentional problem-solving in children is a key question for the understanding of the development of human congnition. Researchers in developmenbtal psychology have studied cognitive strategies and have highlighted the catalytic role of the social environment. However, it is not yet adequately understood how this capacity emerges and develops in biological systems when they perform a problem-solving task ion collaboration with a robotic social agent. This paper presents an empirical study in a human0-ropbot interaction (HRI) setting which investigates children's problem-solving from a developmental perspective. In order to theoretically conceptualize children's developmental process of problem-solving in HRI context, we use principles based on the intuitive theory and we take into consideration existing research on executive functions with a focus on inhibitory control. We considered the paradigm of the Tower of Hanoi and we conducted an HRI behavioral experiment to evaluate task performance. We designed two types of robot interventions, voluntary and turn-taking - manipulating exclusively the timing of the intervention. Our results indicate that the children who participated in the voluntary interaction setting showed a better performance in the problem solving activity during the evaluation session, despite the large variability in the frequency of self-imitated interaction n with the robot. Additionally, we present a detailed description of the problem-solving trajectory for a representative single case-study, which reveals specific developmental patterns in the context of the specific task,. Implications and future work are discussed regarding the development of intelligent robotic systems that allow child-initiated interaction as well as targeted and not constant robot interventions.|
|JRC Directorate:||Joint Research Centre Corporate Activities|
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